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Lake Macquarie will light up this June with Float Your Boat

Lake Macquarie is welcoming boaties from across NSW who will be transforming their vessels into colourful characters for Lake Macquarie’s 2022 Float Your Boat event.

Now in its fifth year, the festival will be held over two nights with a flotilla of glowing boats traveling around the western side of the lake on Friday 24 June, before winding their way around the eastern edge the following evening.

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Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said about 20,000 people were expected to line the lake’s shores during the event.

“At night, the lake is one giant stage where glowing, floating lizards, mermaids, dolphins, sea urchins and even the Sydney Opera House have captured and impressed thousands of people,” Ms Hemsley said.
“This theatrical boating event is truly unique to Australia and is a major drawcard for residents and those travelling throughout the Hunter region."

“Each year, the boats get bigger and the illuminated sculptures more magnificent”.

Each night the boats will be taking off from Marmong Point Marina and travel to Wangi Wangi on the Friday and Belmont 16s on the Saturday. This year’s weekend will include a range of shore-based activities, with a Friday night live-site at Toronto Royal Motor Yacht Club and surrounding areas.

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This year's event will also see Warners Bay hosting another live-site on Saturday evening.

Both the Toronto and Warners Bay live-sites will run from 6pm - 9.30pm and feature local musicians and performers, entertainment, food trucks and children's activities.

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Lake Macquarie boatman Jonathon Vandervoort has been sailing for more than four decades and is looking forward to taking part in the voyage for a fourth time.

“This year, I am using a sedan cruiser so I need to think a bit differently and create something that will sit on the roof of a boat – but I am toying with a couple of ideas,” Mr Vandervoort said.

“My favourite part is actually participating in the event and seeing the crowds gather on the shoreline.

“Although, I equally enjoy constructing a new idea and working out how to best fit it on the boat in a safe and practical way where people can see it.”

Boats participating in Float Your Boat will be in the running to win a $2000 Newcastle Permanent People’s Choice Award, a Mayor’s Best Boat Award for vessels 5-10m, and a Mayor’s Best Boat Award for vessels over 10m.

Float Your Boat

When: Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June
Where: Marmong Point to various places within Lake Macquarie
Time: 5pm - 9:30pm

Float Your Boat is proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent Building Society, Belmont 16s and Marmong Point Marina.

For more information or to register visit lakemac.com.au.